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Rick

Hixson, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett - a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor - his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy, and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    C. Haas says: "An excellent listen"
    "Great followup to the first installation"
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    Would you listen to The Last Days again? Why?

    Though current events have made the events somewhat stale, this is still a very engaging 'read'. For those that follow the likes of Jack Bauer, Mitch Rapp, etc this book may interest you, though the main character is a political advisor and not an agent of a government agency. Sure he gets in the action, but it's a bit different. Good action, engaging characters - reccomended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 24: Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Swallow
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The time is 5:00 PM. One hour ago, federal agent Jack Bauer was declared a fugitive. If he wants to survive, he must get out of the country, and he doesn’t have much time. With his former colleagues in the Counter Terrorist Unit now dead, under arrest, or shut down, Jack has no resources to call upon, no back-up, and nowhere to go - only his determination can drive him on.

    Sam Knutson says: "Great addition to the 24 series."
    "Not a worthy prequel to Live Another Day"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - the story was more applicable to a late teenager / early twenties reader looking for a time waster novel. This title is nowhere near the work produced by - for example - 24 Screenwriter Vince Flynn, nor does it come close to any of the other major series in this genre. I am a die hard 24 fan, and am sad to say I am disappointed.


    Has 24: Deadline turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - this title is simply lacking.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I thought his vocal performance was quite good, though I must say his voice never grew on me. If you like his voice, you will find a good vocal performance here.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, too predictable, not worthy of the title 24.


    Any additional comments?

    I had very high hopes that this novel would be a knock out, but unfortunately was disappointed. The story seemed to be a 'bolt on' in order to waste time while the 'ultimate goal' of Jack could be accomplished. Sorry for being vague, but I don't wish to spoil the plot for those willing to give it a shot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ezekiel Option: Political Thrillers Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (183)

    With Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat out of the way, a dazzling era of security and prosperity seems to have come to the Middle East. With the help of an American president trying to spread freedom and democracy, the Israelis and the Palestinians have signed a historic peace agreement. Violence is down. Their economies are booming. But a new evil looms on the horizon.

    Cheryl says: "Great Series!"
    "Doesn't engage like the first 2 in the series"
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    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Patrick G. Lawlor?

    When I choose a title, I like it to stay generally within the bounds of the appropriate genre. This one, for me anyway, includes a bit too much theology and tends to slightly muddy the waters. Keep in mind it is still a good story, and the vast majority will likely enjoy it, but it is now what I was looking for. I will try to give book 4 a try before abandoning the series, but for some reason it simply just did not work for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Del Quentin Wilbur
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C. and was shot by a would-be assassin. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation teetered on the brink of chaos.

    Lynn says: "Informative and Entertaining"
    "Absolutely Reccomended. History that comes alive!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rawhide Down to be better than the print version?

    This reads very much like a fiction novel, though it is 100% historical. Consider this an apolitical collection of information about the attempted assassination of President Reagan - written in a riveting way that - if you enjoy this 'genre' as much as I - will become a definite re-listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (346)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "Great start to a series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great start to a political thriller series - though current events have made the events somewhat stale. For those that follow the likes of Jack Bauer, Mitch Rapp, etc this book may interest you, though the main character is a political advisor and not an agent of a government agency. Sure he gets in the action, but it's a bit different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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